Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has asked South Korea's new ambassador to Japan to quickly establish an arbitration panel to address the bilateral issue of wartime labor.
Suga spoke to Nam Gwan-pyo when he made a courtesy call on Tuesday to mark the start of his time in Tokyo.
Suga referred to Japan's repeated requests to South Korea in line with a 1965 bilateral agreement to set up an arbitration panel that includes a member from a third country.
He said that under the agreement, South Korea is held responsible, so he wants the country to quickly resolve the issue.
Tokyo and Seoul have been at odds over a series of South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to pay damages to those who say they or their relatives were forced to work for the companies during World War Two.
Meanwhile, on North Korean issues, Suga and Nam recognized that it's important for their two countries to work together.